While authorities continue to investigate exactly what caused a New Haven-bound Metro-North train to derail and strike another westbound train in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Friday night, the Associated Press kindly put together some commuting advice for tomorrow morning. As was reported Saturday, Metro-North Railroad is expecting service between South Norwalk and New Haven to be down for a few days while crews rebuild 2,000 feet of track, overhead wires and signals. South Norwalk and Grand Central Terminal service will also be reduced, but there will be a bus to take you between Waterbury and Bridgeport. Stamford to Grand Central Terminal as well as New Canaan and Danbury branches shouldn’t be affected. On Amtrak, Acela Express and Northeast Regional Service between New York and New Haven are suspended indefinitely with limited service expected between Boston and New Haven. Meanwhile, in anticipation of the horde of people getting behind the wheel and heading to unaffected train stations, a commuter group is asking that officials in numerous towns suspend parking rules. Good luck out there, everyone.
Friday and Saturday's Great GoogaMooga festivities seem to have been considerably more pleasant and better organized than last year's Prospect Park concert and eating-fest, which suffered from overcrowding, phone service issues, and food, booze, and water shortages. Gothamist's Lauren Evans happily reported yesterday that wait times for vendor booths were kept to "a few minutes," supply generally met demand, and Port-o-Potty lines were short and, remarkably, sometimes non-existent. (The reception was said to be "still spotty, but not hopeless.") Unfortunately for Sunday ticket-holders, the gray drizzle we woke up to this morning forced the cancellation of today's GoogaMooga. In addition to "poor weather," the organizers of the event — which is put on by Superfly (the people responsible for Bonnaroo) and sponsored by the nonprofit Prospect Park Alliance and New York, among many others — cited "safety and prevention of damage to the park grounds" as reasons for calling off the remainder of the festival.
A home invasion early Friday morning in Uniondale, Long Island resulted in the death of 21-year-old Hofstra University undergraduate Andrea Rebello, as well as that of intruder Dalton Smith, a 30-year-old ex-con. The New York Post reports that Smith entered the California Avenue apartment through a door that was left open momentarily so that Rebello's twin sister's boyfriend could move his car. Once inside, he demanded money from Rebello, her sister and her boyfriend, and another female friend, but the students didn't have much cash. Smith allowed one of the girls to leave in order to visit a nearby ATM — he reportedly told her he would shoot one of her friends if she didn't return in eight minutes — and she called 911 once she got outside. When cops arrived on the scene, Smith grabbed Rebello and, according to the police, threatened to kill her before pointing a loaded handgun at an officer.
The national frenzy for the second highest Powerball jackpot ever is finally over, according to the people who know these things. A Florida Lottery official confirmed to NBC News that the only winning ticket was sold at a Publix store in Zephyrhills. While no one has come to claim their $590 million just yet — perhaps they’re avoiding the office pool? — it is worth noting that there have now been six Powerball winners who hail from the great state of voter fraud, geriatric showgirls, and all that other stuff.
The Knicks season -- their best in nearly 15 years -- is over. The Knicks lost 106-99 to the Indiana Pacers tonight, ending their season with a 4-2 series loss. Perhaps in a just world, people would spend the whole offseason talking about coach Mike Woodson. But you get a sense they won't be. You get a sense they'll be talking about Carmelo Anthony. They're always talking about Carmelo Anthony.
Man of many talents James Franco has created a very special piece of advertising for his forthcoming Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen–directed "apocalyptic comedy" This Is the End. Photographer Clare Thigpen sent Gawker some shots of Franco (and a couple assistants) painting a mural of co-stars Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and himself on a wall near Bedford Avenue and Grand Street in Williamsburg on Saturday. According to Gawker, the piece is supposed to be "a tribute to all his good friends, and all the fun they had while making their new film." In contrast to the spirit of the project, Franco looks a pretty bored (or at least more interested in his phone) in the pictures, probably because promoting a movie is way less fun than making one. Either way, we expect that it will be thoroughly defaced by the end of the weekend, as Williamsburg is populated almost entirely by people who resent James Franco.
"I said, ‘Wow! That’s amazing! All these people gonna be eatin’ me. Oh that’s so hot! A hot dog with mustard and relish! That’s better than Anthony Weiner!' "— Jimmy McMillan, the mayoral candidate running on The Rent is Too Damn High ticket, on his endorsement by Papaya King, which has named a hot dog after him and offered use of its St. Marks Place store as an unofficial campaign headquarters.
If you were a veteran columnist for a well-known weekly paper, and increasingly the only reason people picked up a copy of that paper, and that paper laid you off after twenty years, you might be tempted to say some negative things about that paper. But Michael Musto refrained from doing so in his Facebook farewell to The Village Voice, which unceremoniously canned him this week. In fact, the only mention he makes of the publication by name is a glowing one.
Just when it seemed like North Korea on a break from saber rattling, the reclusive nation spent Saturday shooting short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast. The launches — two in the morning and one in the afternoon — didn't pose a threat to any of the North's neighbors, and analysts told various news outlets their purpose was to remind everybody that the North had an arsenal of working missiles, apparently in response to joint American and South Korean naval exercises earlier this week.
There were no injuries when a U.S. Airways turboprop plane carrying 31 people had to make an emergency landing on a Newark runway at 1 a.m. on Saturday, but it sure sounds like it was scary! From the New York Post: "[The flight] was arriving from Philadelphia about 1 a.m. when pilot Ed Powers noticed one of the landing gears was not down, Port Authority sources said. Powers raised the other gear and landed the plane on its belly with sparks flying." The passengers didn't even lose their luggage, which is good because a few probably needed a change of underwear.
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